When you walked among us, Lord Jesus, you did not speak of your own accord, from yourself, but spoke what your Father commanded you. He commanded you what to say and how to say it. Whatever you said is just what your Father told you to say, and I believe that the command he has given to us through you leads us to eternal life. May ______________________ and I accept your teaching that when we believe in you, we do not believe in you only but also in the one who sent you. When we look at you, may we recognize that we are seeing your Father. I pray that we will believe that you came into the world as a light, and that no one who believes in you stays in spiritual darkness. May we put our trust in you as the light of the world, and through our faith in you become sons of light. Lord, you did not come into the world to judge the world, but to save it. But you warn all of us here that there is a judge, your Father, for the one who rejects you and does not accept your words, who hears them but does not keep them. The very words you spoke will condemn such a man on that day since you spoke only what the Father commanded you to say. Your apostle reminds us here that those who are unwilling to turn from their sin so that you may heal them may have their eyes blinded and their hearts deadened so they can no longer see with their eyes or understand with their hearts. Isaiah spoke these words when he saw your glory; he was speaking of you when he said these things. He saw that even though you would do many miraculous signs in their very presence, some still would not believe in you or your message, even though through you the powerful arm of the Lord had been revealed. I continue to pray for those I know and love who have hardened their hearts to the truth, that you would remove the veil from their minds and cause your light to shine in their hearts to give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God as it is reflected in your face. Lord, I know that even today there are some, perhaps even leaders in our culture, who believe in you but will not confess their faith because they fear the consequences of being openly identified with you and your people. I pray that you will strengthen them and embolden them so that they may learn to love praise from you more than praise from men. These things I ask in your name, amen.